Part 16: ACTION!
“I think there is something more important than believing: action! The world is full of dreamers, there aren’t enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.” —W. Clement Stone
The Final Step: Action—Yes, You Have to Actually Work
Contrary to movie lore, you can’t just sit on your tush on your couch and imagine checks coming into your mailbox. If you do, you won’t have that couch for long. You have to act on your plans. You have to get off the couch, walk out your door and work that tush off to get what you want in life. Doing must follow planning.
All the planning, pondering and philosophizing in the world won’t produce your desired results. All the contemplation, envisioning, affirmations, chanting, positive thinking and meditation won’t materialize your goals if you do not take action.
“Affirmation without action leads to delusion.” —Jim Rohn
Napoleon Hill once asked an audience, “What is the average number of times that a person tries to achieve a new goal before they give up?” After several guesses from the audience, he gave the answer: “Less than one.”
Most people give up before they even try. Even though they want to improve their lives, increase their income and accomplish more, most people think, “I can’t,” and give up before they even get started.
Nothing breaks the human heart more than the realization that one has lived only a fraction of their potential—that they didn’t fulfill their duty to shine. Don’t let this be you.
Committed, disciplined and sustained action is the final ingredient in the process of materializing any achievement you can conceive.
You’ve decided what you want and who you must become to achieve your goals. Now you must “strike while the iron is hot.” Begin now, while your enthusiasm is high and your intentions are strong.
“Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.” —Jim Rohn
Within the Next 24 Hours
Do not delay; decide what you can do now. Within the next 24 to 48 hours, what will you do to put at least one of your goals into action? Create momentum by taking action now.
Examples: Go to a car dealership and get a brochure for the car you want. Purchase a greeting card and mail it to your wife. Inside, tell her how much she means to you and state your intention to create a magical and romantic year. Get a course catalog from the community college and mark the courses you will take.
Within the Next 30 Days
Identify what you need to do during the next 30 days to put some of your goals into action. What will you do?
Examples: Make your first donation or set up a savings account and arrange an automatic draft according to your plan. Hire a personal fitness trainer and start your program. Recruit your mentor. Make the necessary prospecting calls. Designate the planned family night.
Do it now. You cannot afford to wait for perfect conditions. Have the courage to begin.
Borrow from the beauty of tomorrow to enroll yourself in the activity of today.
Re-instill your faith in yourself. A lack of self-confidence can keep you from reaching your greatness. Start living with audacity. Have chutzpa. Stand away from the crowd. Refuse to follow the herd. Never again settle for average results. Set a higher standard for yourself than anyone around you would expect. Be different, think different and act different. Be what others are afraid to be.
Great video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oAB83Z1ydE
I want you to Thoreau it! “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” —Henry David Thoreau
Remember: “Fortune favors the bold.” —Virgil
Fight for Your Future
Most people wouldn’t know or care about David if he didn’t take on Goliath. You want to be remembered, revered and heralded like David? Find a Goliath (your Big Hairy Audacious Goals), and fight for them to the death. Win or lose, let it be known: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” —2 Timothy 4:7 NIV
Don’t leave this course casually. Casualness leads to casualty. Get serious about creating a better future. If you want to get healthy, get serious about your health. If you want to get rich, get serious about becoming wealthy. If you want to experience great love, get serious about your commitment to relationships. Astound yourself. Bewilder your friends, family and competition.
“Freedom lies in being bold.” —Robert Frost
And Never, Never, Never Give Up
Develop a hard-core devotion to your better you. Have an obnoxious commitment to your goals. Be unreasonable. Be uncompromising. If you have gone just as far as you can, you can still go a little bit further. Success is obtained in the extra mile—extra effort, extra hours, extra preparation, extra care and extra calls. Extra is what separates you from average. It is the “extra” that goes in front of “ordinary” to make you extraordinary.
You are going to make mistakes. You are going to get off track. You are going to fail, fall down, trip up, become discouraged, feel defeated, become overwhelmed and hit the wall. That is OK; it happens to everyone. It’s called being human. Expect failure, plan for it, and get back on track as quickly as possible.
As Calvin Coolidge said, “Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proper. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” —Confucius
As you go through the trials and tribulations that come with striving to achieve your goals, believe that success is closer than you think. It is darkest just before dawn. A transformative moment might only be steps away. It could be the next phone call, the next meeting, the next person you meet. The key is to keep moving forward.
Persistence is the ability to face your fears again and again without giving up, to push on in the face of great difficulty.
“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They give up the last minute of the game, one foot away from the winning touchdown.” —H. Ross Perot
“I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything even nature.” —John D. Rockefeller
“Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal. While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.” —Herodotus
“Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.” —Benjamin Disraeli
Go for it! The power is now in your hands. You now have everything you need to achieve everything you have ever wanted. Just go for it, one step at a time, one foot in front of the other. The journey of a thousand miles starts this very moment. Take your first step forward now.
I have created a final “one-sheeter” or dashboard—a boiled-down summary of key points to your 2010 and 10-year plan. Download the document and post in a variety of places so that you can see it on a daily basis. This, combined with your Weekly Rhythm Register, is all you need to keep you on track daily.
Review the rest of your strategic plan weekly. Make adjustments as you flex with the new and exciting opportunities that present themselves along the path of your journey.
REMINDER: All worksheets will be removed from the Web site by March 1st. Download what you need now.
Congratulations! You have graduated. Life has no limits for you now. Go out and make the next 10 years your best yet!
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